Council for Academic Leadership

CAL Meeting of Feb. 27, 2015

The Council of Academic Leadership (CAL), which was re-established in May of 2011, has quickly become an integral part of the Metropolitan Bureau of School Studies by providing a strong forum for the sharing of instructional programs and practices among member school districts. CAL is comprised primarily of curriculum and instruction leaders from the three Metropolitan Detroit counties, but also includes members from outstate school districts, Wayne State and Oakland Universities.

The Council of Academic Leadership serves as a clearinghouse for current instructional practices of member districts while also identifying needed in-service activities not currently offered through other agencies. The  Council,  recognizing  that  new educational practices being investigated for consideration and possible implementation face  the constraints of a tight budget, assists member districts by showcasing presentations from only those educational leaders who have demonstrated success and have presented topics that are relevant, innovative, but most of all economically feasible to replicate.

CAL meets monthly to share common curriculum/assessment concerns and to seek ideas and solutions to benefit all students within our member districts. Each meeting begins with a guest presenter or a panel discussion of a relevant educational topic. Meetings regularly include presentations from K-12 teachers and university faculty that focus on innovative instructional practices and the use of technology in the classroom. These interactive presentations include active and spirited dialogue among CAL members and guests. CAL meetings conclude with a round robin sharing on each member district’s current status update as it relates to instruction and curriculum. The meetings are open to curriculum, instruction and technology leaders from member districts.

The Council also keeps current with political and legal issues impacting instruction and curriculum matters by inviting national, state and local instructional leaders who are knowledgeable  and actively involved in those areas that impact our member districts.

Finally, The Council of Academic Leadership serves at the pleasure of its member Metro Bureau Districts and, as a result, will reflect only those ideas, values and practices that are in their best interests.



November20, 2020


Stacy Vespremi, Curriculum Director of Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, is a testing partner (along with several other districts and ISDs) with MDE in participating in the launch to refine the MICIP platform.  MICIP (Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process) is a pathway for districts to improve student outcomes by assessing whole child needs to develop plans and coordinate funding.  Stacey shared information she learned from being a partner, as well as, information from the recent Michigan Virtual Continuous Improvement Conference. 

October 16, 2020
Meeting Topic:  Balancing Training and Implementation of Remote Instruction with Teacher Burnout 
PDF Document Presentation by David Rice, Assistant Superintendent, Roseville Community Schools.

May 15, 2020
Meeting Topic:  Social Studies

Mr. David Hales, Wayne RESA Social Studies Consultant, on the Social Studies FrameworkPowerpoint Document

October 25, 2019
Meeting Topic:  Personal Curriculum

What if the Graduation Requirements Do Not Make Sense for Some Students Powerpoint Document - Wayne Council of Academic Leadership

Sample PC Forms: 
Request for Personal Curriculum for General Education Students Word Document
Request for Personal Curriculum for Students With An IEP Word Document

Curriculum Types, Roles and Steps
Personal Curriculum Types Word Document
Personal Curriculum Roles and Steps Word Document
Michigan Merit Curriculum PDF Document

May 24, 2019
Alternative School Models presentationPDF Document
Marie Schluter, Alternative Education Director for Redford Union Schools, shared how her District is “morphing” their alternative programming to include a blended learning model, an alternative high school, and a restorative program for temporary support upon suspension or expulsion.
April 26, 2019
Presentation on Health Curriculum and Instruction, the MI Model, and the emotional learning emphasis at the elementary level (Resources shared at the meeting) by Christina Harvey, MPH, Health Consultant, School Climate and Culture Unit, District and School Services, Oakland Schools.

March 22, 2019
Taylor School District's Road to Instructional Coaching PDF Document

February 22, 2019
A presentation on how Munetrix works to assist in fulfilling the student data piece in the teacher evaluation model  by Rebecca Caldwell, Munetrix consultant.  Specific advance questions asked were: How does Munetrix work?  What can be customized?  What needs to be done by the district to prepare to use the system?  Is the system dependent on databases from other entities?  If so, how so?   Munetrix Presentation Powerpoint Document

November 16, 2018
A Conversation on Curriculum Adoption Process

At this meeting, districts shared the following documents related to the topic.

Crestwood School District
    Curriculum Review ModelWord Document
    Curriculum Review ScheduleWord Document

Dearborn Public Schools (Policies)
     Role of Instructional Cabinet PDF Document
     Curriculum Development PDF Document
     Curriculum Review Model PDF Document
     Curriculuum Materials Review Process PDF Document
     Curriculum Materials Piloting Process PDF Document
     Adoption of Text Books PDF Document
Garden City Public Schools
     Rollout PlanGoogle Slide

Lamphere Schools
     MAISA Reading Unit 6 Reflections - 4th Grade Google Doc
     Curriculum Review and Considerations Google Slide

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
Curriculum Development Plan, 2017-2023PDF Document

Roseville Community Schools
     Adoption Process PDF Document

October 26, 2018
Introductory Presentation of Community Telecomunications Network by Carol Klenow, Senior Director, Educaiton Innovation and Programming.  CTN is a collaboration of institutions with a mission to enhance learning through the use of telecommunicaitons and digital technologies.  Grants are available to local school districts.

June 20, 2018
Michigan School Index Overview

School Index Overview presentation Powerpoint Documentby by Mr. Chris Janzer of the Michigan Department of Education.

April 27, 2018
Professional Learning Community (PLC)

PLC 101 Powerpoint Document presented by Dr. Youssef Mossallam, Executive Director of Student Achievement and Scott Casebolt, High School Principal at Dearborn Public Schools

PLC Presentation Powerpoint Documentby Kara Beal, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Warren Woods Public Schools.  Additional Warren Woods Public Schools handouts:

2018-19 PLC Guide DraftPDF Document
The Five Habits of Effective PLCsPDF Document
District-wide Non-NegotiablesPDF Document
Excerpt-Warren Woods Evaluation Guide Data RubricPDF Document
District Student Achievement Team (DSAT) Data ReviewPDF Document
DSAT – Data Review Summary Form (Draft)Word Document
Early Release Dates 2017-18PDF Document

March 23, 2018
One -to-One Technology Powerpoint Document - Implementing a 24/7 device program and integrating curriculum with technology a presentation by Romeo Community Schools Tech Coach, Jason Frieling.

February 23, 2018
English Language Learners
Program and Services, CHS Powerpoint Documentpresentation by Dr. Hiba Kahil Elhajj, ESL Services Coordinator, Crestwood HIgh School, Crestwood School District.

Home Language Survey, Dr. John J. Tafelski, Director of Curriculum, Allen Park Public Schools

ESL Statistics Map Link, Department of Education

Henry Ford College Language Institute contacts:
Kathleen Klee,
Lori Slaberls,   

January 26, 2018
State Standards for Social Studies in the State of Michigan. The State and local intermediate school representatives in attendance who shared critical information on social studies:

Jim Cameron, MDE Social Studies Consultant, Office of Ed. Improvement & Innovation
Scott Koenig, MDE Social Studies Consultant, Office of Ed.  Assessment & Accountability
Amy Bloom, Social Studies Consultant, Oakland Schools
Sean McBrady, Social Studies Consultant, Macomb ISD

Social Studies M-STEP CAL Presentation 2018Powerpoint Document

November 17, 2017
Third Grade Reading Law Interpretation presentation by Mari Treece of Wayne RESA and Stephen Best, Director of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the MDE.

Planning for 3rd Grade Literacy Success in the Context of the 3rd Grade Reading LawPDF Document
Q&A from the 3rd Grade Reading Law PresentationPDF Document

March 24, 2017
Addressing the Needs of LGBRQ Students:  A Review of Issues Impacting School Safety & Academic Success Powerpoint Documentpresentation by Kim Phillips-Knope, Safe & Supportive Schools Consultant, Michigan Department of Education

Gender Communication Plan PDF Document

January 27, 2017
K-12 Technology IntregrationPowerpoint Document
Presentation by Kris Young, Director of Technology, Troy School District

November 15, 2016
Part I
Every Student Succeeds Act/State Plan
Office of Field Services - MAS/FPS Regional Presentation Powerpoint Document

Link to MDE-OFS web page,1607,7-140-6530_30334_51051---,00.html
Under Tools and Resources:

  • 2016-17 Consolidated Application Important Information.  First section refers to Homeless then everything you wanted to know about working with PNPs. The very last section is about the District Improvement Plan – our review protocol.
  • OFS District Monthly Activity Organizer
  • Technical Assistance for Working with Private Nonprofit Schools

Presentation by Margarita Frommert, Education Consultant, Michigan Deparment of Education, Office of Field Services.

Part II
Understanding 3rd Grade Reading - PA 306 of 2016 Powerpoint Document
MI-MAISA Summary HB 4822 Third Grade Reading PDF Document

This is the link to the MDE Early Literacy page, click on Early Literacy Grants at the bottom of the page to get information about various grants and resources.,4615,7-140-28753_74161---,00.html

Presentation by Joan Lessen-Firestone, Ph.D., Director, Early Childhood, District and School Services,Oakland Schools

October 28, 2016
SAT Update PDF Document
Sarah Thaler of the College Board

September 23, 2016
Oakland Community College/Walled Lake College Readiness Program Presentation Powerpoint Document
Dr. Carolyn Brown, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

February 26, 2016

Google Classroom Integration - Elida Harris, Jennifer MacDonald and Karen Geldner – Van Dyke Public Schools
     Google Pilot 2016 Presentation Google Slide

Blending BYOD with District Devices - Carlos Lopez, Director of Curriculum,        Instruction and Assessment and Elson Liu, Director of Integrated Technology Systems, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools  
     BYOD Presentation Google Slide

January 22, 2016
Sarah Thaler, Director of Michigan SAT Implementation, shared information about the new SAT.
SAT update for Council of Academic LeadershipPDF Document

Jennifer Banks, Secondary Mathematics Professional Development Facilitator, Southfield Public Schools, shared information regarding how Southfield Public Schools is incorporating the Khan Academy.
Incorporating Khan Academy into the Classroom ExperiencePowerpoint Document
UHSA Khan Academy Monitoring Guide - Phase Two (November)Word Document

April 29, 2016
Mr. Sam Sinicropi, MDE Consultant for Curriculum, gave a presentation on “Using Student Learning Objectives to Demonstrate Student Growth in the Teacher Evaluation Process.” 

Student learning objectives (SLOs) are one way to measure individual teachers’ contributions to their students’ learning growth. The SLO process is a “participatory method of setting measurable goals, or objectives, based on the specific assignment or class, such as the students taught, the subject matter taught, the baseline performance of the students, and the measurable gain in student performance during the course of instruction.” This method is an alternative to the more generally used value-added modeling with standardized test scores, which may not be available or appropriate for all teachers and subjects.

Presentation Handouts
Student Learning Objectives:  One Element of the Educator Effectivness Progam Powerpoint Document
ISD Training Grant - FAQ PDF Document
ISD Regional Staffing Grant - FAQ PDF Document
SLO Template Checklist PDF Document
SLO Template Word Document
Measuring Student Growth: An Introduction to SLO Word Document
The Implementation of SLO - Recommendations for Decision Makers Handbook Word Document